1999 Saturn SL Reviews from North America - Page 4 of 13

1999 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 liter

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

This car is "da bomb"!!!

Faults:

People can say what they want to say about the SL2. It gives better gas mileage than most of the newer cars out today.

If anything's the problem, I would say the front seats suck. The bolts come out and leave you in a booster seat while driving, ouch!

The passenger side front panels rusted on a lot of Saturns of this model. Also the sunroof, mechanical, is always off track.

Last, but not least, water leaks in on the sunroof models.

General Comments:

This car takes a beating. I hit a deer going 50 mph, and all it did was left a dent. Now that's safety.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2008

1999 Saturn SL SL2

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carHonda civic

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Bought 1999 Saturn with 82000 miles on it for $3900.00 in 2004. Since that time I replaced the radiator at 110000. miles but, other than that this car has had no problems. I have had regular oil changes and drive the car daily. I have never had such a dependable car except for a Honda civic I drove into the ground @ 255000 miles.

General Comments:

I hope to have my Saturn as long. I would recommend to anyone a Saturn it is a comfortable ride and great on gas. Dependable too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2008

1999 Saturn SL SL1 4dr 1.9

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance288000 kilometres
Previous carGMC Safari

Summary:

Great commuter car - wish I could buy an identical new one now

Faults:

Engine consumes 2L to 3L of oil between changes.

General Comments:

Good:

My 4th of 5 cars/vans. I always liked this one best.

Great pickup / performance for its class, even at 280,000 KM.

All seasons tires in the snow still work quite reasonable.

Comparatively little service needed, in all 8 years, about 1/3 the price of the car for all except oil / gas / tires.

Never failed to start, even with a 6 year old battery in winter (but was close near the end when I replaced it).

Great mileage: 13 KM/L (37 Miles / Canadian/UK Gallon, or 31 Miles / US Gallon), measured each tank since day 1, using 2/3rd highway and 1/3 in-town main roads (but not stop/go), winter and summer (strictly in town or lots of AC got me 10% less).

Bad:

Non standard size tires made buying spare rims + winter tires not an option for me. Never needed them (used mostly as a commuter car, 90KM / day).

No arm rest on the right, and the left door based arm rest is not comfy either, but I got used to it.

Quieter than all my other vehicles, though now a little noisy with age as the window seals are out of place (a little bit of effort to put back, when I have a moment).

Trunk latch in the way if putting in boxes, etc... into the trunk. It should have been recessed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

3rd Jan 2008, 22:35

Hey, good review, I have a 1998 Saturn SC2, these are great cars in my opinion, I have now 350,786 kms on it as of about 4 minutes ago, still going strong, I change the oil and filter every 5000 and it seems to use about 2 or less litres between changes, but it has for day 1. my car gets 42 mpg, I constantly run it at 120 km/h and the engine is singin a mer 3000 RPM. I never averaged under 30 mpg, and have seen as high as 49 mpg with bald tires in the summer, watching my speed limit. Great car, doesn't rust, parts aren't too expensive, easy to work on, no timing belt, I love it. I will keep it till it doesn't run anymore, I have replaced prety much everything with ACdelco parts which are lifetime warranty as long as I own the car. I don't see this car giving up, and if it does, ill just keep on fixing it after all it wouldn't be worth paying the tax on a new car, or doing car payments not for the commuting I do.

8th Sep 2008, 23:51

I had a 1998 Saturn Sc2 until about 3 weeks ago, when an idiot hit me from behind and the car was totaled.

The SC2 was my first car and what a joy. I had NO problems from this car. The transmission on Saturns are great! The engine was excellent. However, I did have to replace the tensioner which only ran about 250.00 for parts and labor. Other than that I had oil changes every 3 to 5K and replace the tires and brakes as expected.

The 98 SC2 is a great first car, I would recommend this car to anyone buying a first car or a second car. Also the car was great on gas; 40.00 filled me up and lasted me the whole week. I live in Atlanta and did tons of driving, but only filled up once a week.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 47 reviews